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District basketball starts tonight for the Chisum Lady Mustangs and the Prairiland Lady Patriots. Chisum will be at home to play Winnsboro while Prairiland will be traveling to Chapel Hill.
More basketball action tonight has the Prairiland boys at Avery while the Chisum Mustangs will be at home against Tom Bean. The North Lamar Panthers will be in the road in Melissa while the Pantherettes will be home facing Emory Rains. The Paris Lady Cats will be at Princeton tonight while the Paris Wildcats will be hosting Princeton at Wildcat gym.
After being named head coach at Stephen F. Austin, Colby Carthel is also bringing offensive coordinator Matt Storm, quarterback coach Jared May, defensive coordinator Scott Power, and defensive line coach Caid Faske with him from Texas A&M-Commerce.
The Dallas Mavericks made easy work of the Orlando Magic last night as they won 101-76. Harrison Barnes led Dallas with 19 points. Dallas will host Atlanta on Wednesday night.
In Monday Night Football, the Seattle Seahawks were looking to stretch their win streak to four games as they took on the Minnesota Vikings and they did so with a 21-7 win.
— The Oakland Raiders have fired general manager Reggie McKenzie, effective immediately on Monday. McKenzie, 55, had been the Raiders’ GM since 2012. He was under contract through the 2021 NFL draft as part of a four-year extension he signed in 2016.
Jacksonville running back Leonard Fournette said Monday that the fan with whom he got into a verbal altercation during Thursday’s game at Tennessee used a racial slur. Coach Doug Marrone said he spoke with Fournette after Monday’s walk-through about a video released by TMZ that showed Fournette yelling at a fan at Nissan Stadium, and that’s when Fournette told Marrone the fan used a racial slur. Fournette declined to address the matter in the locker room on the advice of his agent.
The College Football Playoff semifinalists combined to place 10 players on The Associated Press All-America first team, including a high of four from No. 1 Alabama. The Crimson Tide had six players chosen to the three All-America teams, more than any other school. No. 2 Clemson has three first-teamers, No. 4 Oklahoma has two, including quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray, and No. 3 Notre Dame had one. The Tide and Sooners meet in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 29 and the Tigers play the Fighting Irish at the Cotton Bowl that day.
Kansas is back where it started the season. The preseason No. 1, the Jayhawks are again the top-ranked college basketball team in the Associated Press Top 25 despite struggling to get past New Mexico State at home. No. 2 Duke moved up a spot, No. 3 Tennessee, No. 4, Gonzaga, No. 5 Michigan and it was Virginia at No. 6 Virginia, No. 7 Nevada, Auburn, Michigan State, and Florida State rounded out the top 10.